CIF-SOUTHERN SECTION PLAYOFFS
Monrovia 47, San Dimas 14
Monrovia 7 7 21 16 — 47
San Dimas 6 0 8 0 — 14
M: Jay Henderson 9 pass from Nick Bueno (Mason Bryant kick)
SD: Codee Wats 17 run (run failed)
M: Christian Blanco 7 run (Bryant kick)
M: Blanco 6 run (Bryant kick)
SD: Jordan Taylor 2 run (Theo Darlington run)
M: Bueno 9 run (run failed)
M: Bueno 1 run (Bryant kick)
M: Blanco 3 run (Bryant kick)
M: Blanco 7 run (kick failed)
Records: San Dimas 8-5; Monrovia 11-2
SAN DIMAS — Not this time.
That was the emphatic message the Monrovia High School football team sent to San Dimas in a 47-14 victory that lifted the Wildcats into their 10th CIF championship game.
The Wildcats will face Whittier Christian in the CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division championship game next Saturday night.
It was a long time coming for Monrovia (11-2), which was meeting San Dimas (8-5) for the fourth time in 14 months. The Wildcats avenged a 12-7 defeat at the hands of the Saints in last year’s Mid-Valley Division final as well as a 35-34 overtime loss in September, a game in which the Wildcats led 28-7 heading into the fourth quarter.
Next Saturday’s championship game (Monrovia is the designated host team, but the home site is still to be determined) will be a rematch of last year’s semifinals at Monrovia. Whittier Christian defeated Olympic League foe Village Christian 43-42 in overtime on Friday to advance.
Nick Bueno, Christian Blanco and Jay Henderson led the Wildcats. Bueno passed for 204 yards and one touchdown, completing 12 of 22 passes.
Blanco had the game of his life. The senior running back rushed for 178 yards and four touchdowns on 21 carries. Henderson caught eight passes for 157 yards and Luke Williams had four receptions for 54 yards.
“We finished this game,” Monrovia coach Ryan Maddox said. “We took advantage of turnovers and our rushing game really took control of the second half. Blanco came up huge.”
There was a telling moment with 1:51 left in the third quarter when San Dimas coach Bill Zernickow and part of his coaching staff were lowered from the scissors lift. Zernickow gave the Saints a small pep talk, but it was too little, too late. When it was over, San Dimas had turned the ball over six times and committed 10 penalties.
“We gave them some early Christmas gifts with all those turnovers and penalties,” Zernickow said, “but they’re
Theo Darlington of San Dimas High School runs for yards during Mid-Valley Division football semifinals game against Monrovia High School at San Dimas High School in San Dimas, December 4, 2010. (Correspondent photo by Larry Goren) really good. We couldn’t block them.”